|1. Description - |
|Practical introduction to the fundamentals of singing for musical theatre repertoire. Students will explore the principals of healthy vocal production in solo and/or ensemble singing to develop the singing voice through exercises and repertoire from the Standard American Musical Theatre. Songs will be developed with strong emphasis on character development and communication.|
|Advisory: MUS 13A, 13B and 13C.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- gain a deeper understanding and technical proficiency with singing in the musical theatre genre.
- learn a wide variety of repertoire choices as well as gain a deeper understanding of voice and physical type related to casting in musical theatre.
- introduce the principles of communication within song as singer-actors, as communicators within the context of stage performance, (i.e. characters within a story).
- have 1-2 fully prepared songs appropriate for audition.
- develop the skills needed to work with an accompanist at audition and rehearsal.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- Large rehearsal room with piano
- Voice recording equipment is strongly advised
- Audio/visual equipment; internet available computer/media equipped classroom
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Fundamentals of singing technique
- posture and breath support
- expand ability to properly support a musical phrase
- maintain that support within heightened dramatic and emotional moments in sung repertoire
- personal vocal warm-up regimen designed to build vocal skills and increase flexibility.
- gain an understanding of 'speech level' singing as required in musical theatre
- develop ability to move from speaking voice into song without shifts in vocal sound.
- understand vowel modification in movement through vocal registers.
- develop focus skills in order to overcome nerves and self-consciousness.
- identify 'type' in musical theatre genre and repertoire appropriate to individual type.
- familiarity with vocal range and quality within the genre.
- identify roles appropriate to vocal and physical type.
- ability to describe stylistic practices and perform within the sub-genres of musical theatre historical periods from the 1920s to present day.
- develop skills to integrate acting with singing for the musical stage.
- use of vocal interpretation in support of character expression and emotions.
- mastery of moment to moment journey of character within each song by sustaining both vocal energy and dramatic intention.
- identify how the vocal line and musical accompaniment support and define the characters emotional journey and discovery
- prepare assigned repertoire vocally, musically and dramatically in preparation for audition.
- two contrasting songs within type: up tempo and ballad
- prepared with appropriate vocal and musical development
- develop contrasting characters supported by music.
- Expand knowledge of rehearsal technique as a singer
- appropriately prepare music copies in a binder for an accompanist
- understand how to communicate tempo and musical needs within a song to an accompanist.
- develop communication skills for ensemble work with other singers, director and musical director.
- develop skills for auditioning.
- communicating with auditioners.
- call-back questions and preparation.
- appropriate dress.
- resumes and headshots.
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Vocal warm-up and development exercises.
- Rehearsal and Presentation of assigned material.
- Character analysis and scenes for assigned songs.
- Short homework assignments posted in the Course Studio covering various topics from reflective singing exercises to listening and video watching assignments.
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
|Moore, Tracey with Allison Bergman. Acting the Song. New York: Allsworth Press, 2008. |
Songs and ensembles provided by instructor.
Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it still remains a seminal text in this area of study.
|8. Disciplines - |
|Theatre Arts |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
- Lecture presentations and classroom discussion of American musical theatre and vocal technique.
- In-class singing of musical theatre material by students followed by instructor-guided interpretation and analysis.
- Individual and group presentations of major projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
|10. Lab Content - |
- Cooperative rehearsal of voice development exercises and assignments.
- Individual and Partner exploration and self-analysis of concepts and exercises introduced in class.
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Individual and ensemble lyrics and script reading assignments
- Self-reflective journal and/or character analysis of songs
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This is a required core course for the AA degree in Theatre Arts. |